Debanuj DasGupta, PhD

Assistant Professor, Geography (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research interests are in the fields of international migration, HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual rights and global governance. I am particularly interested in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention within men who have sex with men and transgender communities in the global south; the geopolitics of HIV/AIDS related mobilities regulation; the political economy of PrEP and access to PrEP in the global south. I am currently working on two projects: 1) Comparative spatial study of transgender rights politics in India and the USA; 2) The securitization of HIV/AIDS in the USA.

As an InCHIP affiliate I plan to develop a project that investigates the effectiveness of community based HIV and STI intervention projects within transgender communities in the states of West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, India. Secondly, I will develop my present research that documents the inclusion of HIV positive service members within the US Army. In this way my research within the next few years will shed light on HIV prevention within hard to reach communities as well as the changing concerns about the securitization of HIV/AIDS.


B.A. Sociology (HONS), Minor in Economics and Political Science. 1995. Presidency University. Kolkata, India.
M.A. Geography and Urban Planning. 2008. The University of Akron.
PhD Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Graduate Minor in South Asia Studies. 2016. The Ohio State University.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressGeography Department
215 Glenbrook Road
Storrs, CT 06269
Office LocationRoom 422